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Habits for avoiding infections and maintaining good health

Strengthening immunity to avoid infections, disease, and other types of health problems is among the most critical tasks in today’s world. If you don’t learn how to minimize the risks, even a robust immune system might not be able to cope with all threats. That is why we have prepared a guide of habits that can help you keep yourself safe and healthy!

It is essential to understand that the devil is in the routine! That’s right – people fulfil a plethora of tasks without even thinking about them. The power that lies in learning the proper habits and discarding the wrong ones is immense. Which of them can help you keep the doctor away? Read on to find out!

Personal hygiene

Maintaining personal hygiene is the most critical factor in avoiding disease and infection. That’s why it’s so important to make a habit of washing your hands whenever possible, especially while at work or after using public transportation. Touching doorknobs, rails, shaking hands - all of these situations are risky enough on their own, but if you don’t wash your hands to minimize the risk of infection, you’re inviting trouble. It’s also good to remember that avoiding infections and maintaining proper health care is all about the little things. Such as cutting your nails! You wouldn’t believe how much of the nasty stuff can hide behind your nails if they are left unkempt. Don’t let something so trivial endanger your immune system, and trim your nails whenever it is needed.

Father and her daughter preparing food together

Food hygiene

You know how it goes – hundreds of people in the shop every day, just walking, checking out and touching the products you later buy. Gross? Yeah, as long as you remember to handle it right once you return home from the shop. As food can carry germs, you need to wash your hands and cooking surfaces after preparing it. Wash all produce when you return home, especially fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind to cook meat at the right temperatures, and don’t leave your food out in the sun – refrigerating is a must! If you decide to eat at restaurants or buy takeout, avoid places that don’t seem hygienic and choose trusted establishments only.

Vaccines prevent infections

By the end of our childhood, most of us have been vaccinated for a variety of diseases. What is important, though, is that additional vaccination is possible past the standard ones. Flu vaccines, for example, are optional but keep in mind that they need to be taken regularly1 as viruses change and evolve. Check your history of vaccination to learn which of them had you already taken, and which vaccines to consider now!

Don’t help infections thrive

There are two most common mistakes people do when they are sick. They either stop medicating the moment they feel better, or they leave their house. Both behaviours are reckless. You should always finish prescribed medication and stay home until you are 100% healthy, even if you don’t feel sick. It is always recommended to maintain social distance until you are sure you are fully healthy. This is both for the good of the people around you and for your own health. Until you have fully recovered, you may have dormant viruses inside you, so don’t give them the opportunity to regain strength and don’t put others at risk of infection.

Taking up these 5 simple habits ensures that you will be much less prone to catching infections and will save your immune system from a lot of stress!

References:

  1. The annual flu shot: is it necessary? C Case-Lo, Reviewed by D Westphalen https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/flu-shot#how-does-it-work


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